Phillie Phanatic's hot dog cannon sends Phillies fan to emergency room

Ruben Hill
June 21, 2018

On Monday night, a game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the St. Louis Cardinals would become extremely risky for a fan in the stands and she would be sent to the hospital as a result.

"It just came out of nowhere", Kathy McVay, of Plymouth Meeting, told WPVI-TV.

The Phillie Phanatic has been launching hot dogs into the stands at Philadelphia Phillies games for years - first at Veterans Stadium and now at Citizens Bank Park - without any injuries.

Kathy McVay was sitting behind home plate when she got hit between the eyes with a hot dog from Phanatic's cannon, according to Philadelphia 6ABC.

McVay said she couldn't avoid being struck by the hot dog, let alone catch it, because of a shoulder injury that is set for a surgical procedure. She is black and blue and very sore.

McVay said she went to a hospital and underwent a CAT scan to make sure that she didn't suffer a concussion. Her facial injury requires ice every 20 minutes.

Photos posted online showed McVay with bruises under her right eye and on her nose following the Phanatic's error. "And mostly, it's going to get worse before it gets better", McVay said.

The Phanatic, naturally, felt awful about what happened, and the team reached out to her on Tuesday to apologize. The Phanatic shoots real hot dogs, but they are wrapped in duct tape.

McVay told the station she doesn't plan any legal action against the Phillies, who contacted her Tuesday to apologize. However, she does have a message for fellow fans in the stands.

"Just to be aware because you never know".

"It gives people a good laugh", McVay told WPVI, "and if that makes somebody chuckle, then that's fine".

A hot dog cannon can be a lot of fun at a baseball game, but sometimes it can be risky.

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